Since When is Size 12 Plus Size?
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Just wandering around online and saw an article about a first for plus size models. Interesting and exciting...until I read it. It was about Ralph Lauren hiring it's first plus size model. She's a size 12. A 12!!!! How insane is that?
I know being overweight/obese isn't healthy, but we can't as a society continue making larger people out to be freaks of nature. It's not like the majority of us said to ourselves, "I think I'll make myself unhealthy and tired, and depressed (or whatever you're feeling right now)". I have a 13 year old daughter that is overweight and she knows it. She sees the ads and things that glorify being scary skinny. Now she's refusing to eat lunch because she wants to lose weight. That frightens me.
It's not that I think we should glorify being unhealthy, but let's at least be honest. A 12 is not plus size. It's average-ish. I don't think we should be made to feel ashamed or like bad people because we don't fit the fashion world's idea of perfection. But that's how I feel sometimes (pretty sure my daughter feels that way too), as if because I am not smaller I am less deserving.
Frankly, I don't think I've been a 12 since I was 12. I'd like to be and I am going to do my best to get there, but until I do I'd like to be able to see the clothes that are my size on a model that is my size.